Snickerdoodle Cookie Bars with Pink Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting

I love cookies of all kinds but I have a soft spot for snickerdoodles cookies.

However, it’s faster to make bars than it is to make cookies.

As I always say with bars, they are wham-bam-slap-it-in-a-pan whereas cookies require individual loving and more one-on-one attention.

And the frosting on top makes me extra happy.

I do like sugar cookies but I like snickerdoodle cookies more so I tweaked the ingredients and reduced the yield to an 8 x 8 pan because I didn’t “need” a 13 x 18 pan of bars.

I knew this post was going to be revealed on the day before Valentine’s Day, so I made pink vanilla cream cheese frosting, sprinkled the bars with red sanding sugar, and added red, white, and pink candy bits.

I hope Cupid approves.


These bars are like snickerdoodle cookies, but in bar form.

The cinnamon and sugar and the vanilla undertones tickled my snickerdoodle fancy.

The texture is soft and chewy, like a deep dish cookie.

The frosting is vanilla-infused, and has a little bit of a tang from the cream cheese, balancing the sweetness.

And everything tastes better when it’s pink and has candy bits and sprinkles on top.

Snickerdoodle Cookie Bars with Pink Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting - Soft and chewy bars that taste like snickerdoodle cookies! Perfect for Valentine's parties!

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Snickerdoodle Cookie Bars with Pink Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting

Easy, no-mixer bars that taste like snickerdoodle cookies. Soft, chewy, moist and topped with tangy cream cheese frosting. They're perfect for Valentine's Day!

Yield: about 12 bars (8x8 or 9x9 pan)

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: about 20 minutes

Total Time: 1+ hour, for cooling


Snickerdoodle Cookie Bars

1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened

1 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed

2 large eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon cinnamon

2 cups all-purpose flour

Pink Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting

1/4 cup butter, softened

1/4 cup cream cheese, softened

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

3 to 4 1/2+ cups powdered sugar

splash of milk or water, if needed

(pink) food coloring, optional


Bars - Preheat oven to 375F and prepare a 8x8 or 9x9-inch pan by lining it with foil and then spraying it with cooking spray. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugars. Add the eggs, vanilla, cinnamon and mix until combined. Add the flour and mix until just combined. Pour batter into prepared pan. The batter will be very thick and sticky, like cookie dough. Use your hands if necessary to spread it evenly. Bake at 375F for 19 to 22 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in the middle of the pan comes out clean. While the bars are baking, prepare the frosting.

Pink Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting - In a large mixing bowl, mix the butter and cream cheese until combined and it begins to fluff. Add the vanilla and powdered sugar (one-half cup at a time after 3 cups) and mix until desired frosting consistency is reached. I like very thick frosting and used 4 1/2 cups powdered sugar with a splash of half and half. Carefully add the food coloring, one drop at a time, until desired color is reached. After the bars have cooled, frost them. Optionally, garnish with sprinkles, candy bits, sanding sugar, or any optional garnish of your choice. Consider storing the bars in the refrigerator because of the cream cheese and butter in the frosting; the bars freeze well and will keep in the freezer for up to three months.

If you prefer Snickerdoodle cookies in cookie form, try these White Chocolate Snickerdoodles that are dead ringers for the Mrs. Field’s Snickerdoodles I used to eat in the food court at the mall in high school.

And if you haven’t already completed your Valentine’s Day baking (or springtime, baby-shower, bridal shower, Easter, or girlie birthday party baking needs), there’s:

Deep Dish Chocolate Chip Cookies with PB Cups & PB M&M’s

Peanut Butter and Jelly Thumbprint Cookies (No-Bake, Vegan, GF)

Strawberry Cake Mix Cookies with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting

And here’s a Valentine’s Day Roundup post with Food, Kitchen items, and shoes

Happy Valentine’s Day!

134 Responses to “Snickerdoodle Cookie Bars with Pink Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting”

  1. Pure2raw twins — February 13, 2012 at 7:13 pm (#

    this recipe is so beautiful, love the layers and of course the pink frosting ;)


  2. dan — February 13, 2012 at 7:25 pm (#

    those look very pretty – and I like the cream cheese as part of the icing.


  3. Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — February 13, 2012 at 8:40 pm (#

    Averie! What are you doing to me? Snickerdoodles is my #3 favorite cookie and you made them into a bar cookie with frosting! Looks like a perfect Sunday cookie for me to make! They look amazing!!


  4. Betsy — February 13, 2012 at 9:19 pm (#

    I could tell which recipe was yours by the thumbnail! Gorgeous as always! (and i’m LOVING those Toms!) I just launched my new site February is oranges month. I’d be honored if you’d link up any orange recipes you may have! Talk to you soon!


    • Averie @ Love Veggies & Yoga replied: — February 13th, 2012 at 9:45 pm

      This is crazy but I have an orange-themed post coming out tomorrow!! I will link it up!

      Thanks for this “could tell which recipe was yours by the thumbnail! Gorgeous as always!” — makes my day to know that!


  5. Julie — February 13, 2012 at 11:38 pm (#

    Snickerdoodle cookies are my favorite! My cousin and I made white chocolate peanut butter cups with some sprinkles on top. Other than that, nothing this year. :/


  6. Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch — February 14, 2012 at 7:32 am (#

    Oh my word, Averie! These look ah-mazing!!!!


  7. rebecca — February 14, 2012 at 9:58 am (#

    I made your strawberry cookies with cream cheese icing for valentines day and they were yummy! The whole family loved them. I’m enjoying your desert recipes, tasty but not too difficult!


  8. ButterYum — February 14, 2012 at 3:56 pm (#

    I tell my hubby not to buy me expensive roses from the local florist – they just don’t last (Walmart roses are way cheaper and last much longer).

    On to your snickerdoodle bars – yummy!!! I love snickerdoodles, but don’t think I’ve ever tried them in bar form. I’ll be pinning this recipe for the future. If you haven’t had a chance, please stop by and visit my SRC post for Giant Chocolate Toffee Cookies



    • Averie @ Love Veggies & Yoga replied: — February 14th, 2012 at 6:59 pm

      Just saw your cookies…they look chocolatey and fabulous! Thanks for the Pin and glad you like the snickerdoodle bars!


  9. Tracey — February 15, 2012 at 6:00 pm (#

    Love these Averie!! They’re so pretty, and just perfect for V-Day! I made some snickerdoodle bars a while ago, but no frosting on mine so these are definitely an upgrade :)


  10. Carly — February 16, 2012 at 8:08 am (#

    Made these last night, super easy and extremely delicious! Hoping my husband didn’t eat them all, but I think he has a new favorite!

    New to your blog and absolutely love it.


    • Averie @ Love Veggies & Yoga replied: — February 16th, 2012 at 8:44 am

      Thanks for saying hi and reading and glad you liked these! And that your husband did, too :)


  11. Kara — February 16, 2012 at 4:31 pm (#

    Made these tonight!! I have been wanting to try some of your recipes for a long time!! This was an awesome start! Thank you!


  12. Jeanette — February 17, 2012 at 6:50 am (#

    Wow, what a treat! Snickerdoodles used to be one of my favorites as a kid. You’ve just stepped this up to a whole new level.


  13. Sue {Munchkin Munchies} — February 17, 2012 at 8:32 pm (#

    Your bars look amazing and oh, so pretty! Your photography is incredible!


  14. Bonnie — February 18, 2012 at 10:33 am (#

    I made the SnickerDoodle cookie bars with Cream Cheese Frosting for Valentine’s Day. All I need to say is DELICIOUS!!! Thanks for the recipe and your awesome website. I too love veggies & yoga!


    • Averie @ Love Veggies & Yoga replied: — February 18th, 2012 at 10:46 am

      Glad you liked them and thanks for reading and the nice compliments! Enjoy your weekend…and the bars (if there are any left!)


  15. Sally — February 19, 2012 at 5:27 pm (#

    i missed this recipe from last week! so glad i stumbled upon it. i just made and posted about sugar cookie bars a few days ago! i love the snickerdoodle touch though… and of course, i love anything with frosting. awesome recipe!


  16. April @ The 21st Century Housewife — February 22, 2012 at 11:31 am (#

    This is such a mouthwatering post! Everything looks lovely, but I am really taken with those Snickerdoodle Cookie Bars. They sound so delicious, and I love how you have decorated them.


  17. Claire — February 20, 2013 at 3:15 pm (#

    I made these last night! I’ve been sick for a while and eating has been a chore. I figured cooking/baking might help bring back my hunger so I made these, and the chocolate ganache cake. They look amazing in the picture and mine look similar but I have a problem with not reading directions well. I read the ingredients and then my mind goes blank and throw everything together and mix away. They fell flat and very gooey in the middle… oops! that’s my fault. And I guess I need more cream cheese in my frosting. But besides almost putting all my roommates into a sugar coma they were tasty lol. I had chocolate cake mix so I cheated and just used that for the cake. I had a lot so I made a two layer cake in pie dishes(i didn’t know there was a difference between pie and cake!) so they had weird shapes. And I stacked them on top of each other and made a strange butter frosting for the middle cus I had no more chocolate and the ganache for the top. The ganache is tasty but it looks like a mud pie mountain and nothing like yours lol. I’m just learning to cook/bake so I need way more practice but I had fun attempting your pretty recipes!


    • Averie @ Averie Cooks replied: — February 20th, 2013 at 3:21 pm

      Yes the most important thing you can do with cooking if you’re trying to follow a recipe is actually read it :) I get so many comments from people who don’t fully read them all the way through but hey, at least it worked out somewhat for you with the bars.

      As for the cake…ganache frosting isn’t really a ‘layer cake’ frosting b/c it’s runnier and thin, compared to buttercream or cream cheese frosting. I’m sure it tasted good but I bet it was messy. And yes, there’s a big difference between pie plates and cake plates.

      Thanks for LMK you tried a couple recipes and hey, you gotta start somewhere :)


      • Claire replied: — February 21st, 2013 at 8:48 pm

        it was messy! i actually named it ‘chocolate blob mountain’… very tasty though! i ate the whole thing by myself

  18. Liz — May 21, 2013 at 8:18 am (#

    Thank you for the nice recipes.


  19. Angie — June 18, 2014 at 10:37 pm (#

    Just wanted to clarify that there’s no raising agent in these, right? Or did I just miss them in the recipe?


    • Averie Sunshine replied: — June 19th, 2014 at 3:30 am

      No rising agent (i.e. baking power or baking soda), correct. They would make the bars cakey and I don’t like cakey bars so it’s not included.


  20. Shannon — January 13, 2015 at 2:09 pm (#

    next time I will add either making powder or baking soda as the recipe did not call for either….. Which would you recommend? I bake at 9000′!


    • Averie Sunshine replied: — January 13th, 2015 at 6:02 pm

      I could only recommend baking the bars just as written in the recipe since that’s the way I did it and cannot speak to what to add or alter. You’d have to play around with things on your own if you want to change the recipe. Good luck!


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